The 14,000-seat CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, will play host to the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament August 2-4. Team USA, ranked third in the world, will play host to No. 11 Argentina, No. 16 Bulgaria and No. 23 Kazakhstan. The winning team in the round-robin event earns a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


Ralph Abraham

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leader of Louisiana's House Republicans is backing U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham in the governor's race.

Alexandria state Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House GOP delegation, announced in a video Tuesday that he's endorsing Abraham, rather than Republican contender and businessman Eddie Rispone.

Abraham and Rispone are running against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on the Oct. 12 ballot.

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Court logs show a Louisiana district court judge ordered a man's mouth be taped shut for repeatedly interrupting proceedings.

The Acadiana Advocate reports Michael C. Duhon was being sentenced July 18 for theft and money laundering.

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 An 82-year-old trucker who was standing on an interstate shoulder died in an accident that involved four tractor-trailers and backed up Thursday morning rush-hour traffic for miles.

Robert McCarty's big rig and another had pulled over after an earlier accident on westbound Interstate 10 near Grosse Tete, Louisiana State Police Trooper Taylor Scrantz said in a news release.

He said a third tractor-trailer rear-ended another on the highway about 8 a.m., then hit McCarty, of Caldwell, Texas, and both parked trucks.

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Southern University says its medical marijuana grower has planted its first crop, as Louisiana edges nearer to having product available to patients.

The Baton Rouge university announced Thursday that seeds were planted two days earlier by Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The school estimates its medical marijuana could be in pharmacies by the fall.

Southern says the growing facility located in nearby Baker received the final needed approvals Monday from the state agriculture department, which oversees Louisiana's medical marijuana program.

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 An armed robbery suspect was killed and a sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded in a shootout Thursday in a Louisiana city near the Mississippi River, authorities said.

Concordia Parish Officer Walter Mackel was shot when he knocked at an apartment door while investigating a holdup earlier in the day at the complex in Vidalia, KNOE-TV reported. The station said that a robot was used to find the suspect.

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 Bond has been set at $500,000 for a 24-year-old Louisiana woman accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter.

KALB-TV reports Jasmine Anderson, of Alexandria, was arrested Tuesday for the second-degree murder of her daughter, Audrey Chelette.

Alexandria Police say Anderson was picked up Tuesday morning in Bunkie from a mental health facility and questioned before being processed into the parish jail Tuesday night.

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 A body found in southwest Louisiana last week has been identified and a murder warrant has been issued in connection with his death.

KPLC-TV reports the body of 29-year-old Zaccheus H. Burton, of Baton Rouge, was found July 17 at the end of a dead-end road near DeQuincy.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says Burton's body was severely burned and was identified using DNA.

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Data from the Louisiana Department of Health shows cases of Hepatitis A have been continuing to increase across the state.

There have been 375 reported cases since the outbreak began in January 2018 through July 18, 2019, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports .

The outbreak is mostly affecting drug users and homeless people, said Louisiana Bureau of Community Preparedness Medical Director Frank Welch.

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 A former school official in Louisiana has been charged with criminal offenses involving mail-order prescription drugs.

KTBS-TV reports that a federal bill of information charges former Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Smith with four misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a controlled substance. KTBS says the drugs involved were sleep and anxiety medications.